Weightless

Words - thoughts - and ideas come into my head, and often I write the revelation down. This blog post is one the holy spirit has been hinting to me at. The process came when I dove into the water casting my work week aside to be refreshed. As I dive down I hear the Father speak this phrase to me, weightless - this is who you are. As I get this thought in my head I feel the connection. I was created to be weightless due to the cost Christ paid for. Which results in His endless grace He has for us. The burdens I've placed upon myself end up ripping Jesus from His full reward. When I allow God to fully take captive of my life, I allow the Holy Spirit to move in my life. 

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What causes weight in my life? As I ponder a daily (reality) struggle of mine is fighting insecurity. This territory is a real issue fighting off the thoughts of others and myself. When I dwell in this state of mind I allow fiery darts of the enemy, feeding me lie after lie. Festering on this issue of insecurity builds up a false identity towards myself. Leaving me isolated concerning my emotions and resulting in self-condemnation. I often try to live up to the success of my good deeds without realizing it. Leaving my faith to be religious, dry, and dull. 

Where are the lies coming from and where is this root issue. To my discovery, I've let my worldview dictate my worth, value, and beauty. From the outside looking in I don't have everything together, most of the time I create a 'perfect' reality in my head. Filled with endless questions of 'IF I' 

"If I get the perfect job, I'll be successful."

"If I move to another state, I can move towards my goals."

"If I go out on the missions field, then God can use me."
 

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This state of mind is a turning hamster wheel, meaning there's no end to the possibilities. Getting stuck in this momentum is toxic, and hazardous to one's soul. At the end of the day, you and I were created to be weightless. The Father is wanting us to inhale courage, passion, and dreams. In exchange for exhaling fear, self-hatred, and doubt. To trade our yoke for his which easy and light. I find it best when I cast all my trouble upon the Lord I am weightless. I am weightless because Christ has paid the ultimate price.

Young & Free

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
— Romans 6:4

When you are in a classroom with 7 other photographers, ideas sparks. For me, my passion and Inspiration was re-ignited. I had an idea floating around for doing a projector styled photo shoot. As I bounced this idea around with my friend/fellow classmate Hayley Webb she was up for being my model. As I shut the lights out in the classroom I put on some Hillsong Young & Free, and we danced around while I captured the moments. Sometimes you just need to let your hair down and have fun. Enjoy the images. 

Oneness

Echad, 

I hear this word, I feel it in my throat 'Echad' which is Hebrew for one (unified). God has been calling me to the oneness of Himself. This current season is challenging but, the scary thing is that I prayed for this challenge. Being back with Youth with a Mission is different, a good type of different. The friendships, the sunsets, and the passions are re-igniting in my heart. The environment- aka the bubble is comforting, encouraging, and bearing much fruit. I've encountered healings here- and God has used my right knee (a word of knowledge) to pray for Laurelee's knee and the pain left both of us. Crazy moments are happening all around and it is wonderful to watch/do this experience with Isaac. The Lord is both teaching us things, and one of those things is becoming rocks for the Lord before each other. It's all about building on His foundation first. 

What does being one with God look like for me? Giving myself up, surrendering my selfish wants and needs and coming to the Father. To pour out every fiber within me and onto the throne of Jesus Christ. To sneak away to the hiding place for intimacy. Intimacy is the key to being one with God, and intimacy comes from the hiding place which changes everything. 

I will not leave you orphaned. I’m coming back. In just a little while the world will no longer see me, but you’re going to see me because I am alive and you’re about to come alive. At that moment you will know absolutely that I’m in my Father, and you’re in me, and I’m in you.
— John 14: 18-20

Side note I have been doing a social media fast for 6 days now.. and what a difference. I was spending way too much time on my phone, and so far the outcome has been freedom on hearing His voice more clearly. Listen to His voice when He calls you to come closer, to draw near. Nothing else can compare to Jesus and His presence. Continue to pray for fresh revelation and for my photographs to capture the Fathers heart. 

I love and miss you all dearly,

-Heather